To build analytic capacity, or really enhance human capital in any way- its best to do away with the infamous, “comfort zone”. Also known as complacency, the status quo, “the way we’ve always done things”, these phrases are all innovation and self-development killers.
Today’s workout is to learn or do something new. Based on several recent Harvard Business Review articles, principles of Crossfit and mental toughness theories, here are some suggestions:
- Go to a Crossfit workout. Consider this part-one of a complete self-assessment in fitness, mental toughness, and patience.
- Meditate. Or find the time to step back from the intense pressures of work and personal life to breathe.
- Write an agenda for the future. Be a future thinker and try to plan ahead, way ahead! For inspiration or ideas check out http://howtofixtheworld.org/ and Audacious Ideas for Solving the World’s Problems
- Practice mindful leadership. This draws on meditation and helps you to stay in the present moment and let go of trivial worries. For more information read Bill George’s book, True North or Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
If none of the aforementioned activities sound overly thrilling to you, good! Clearly I’ve presented several challenges that you need to take on. According to experts, mastering new skills is not optional in today’s business environment. “In a fast-moving, competitive world, being able to learn new skills is one of the keys to success. It’s not enough to be smart — you need to always be getting smarter”.
Analysts, just like law enforcement officers, executive protection agents and security guards, should continue to place value on learning new things- even if employers and bosses don’t make it a priority for advancement.